Howard University Names Louis "Skip" Perkins as Athletics Director

Howard University | 10/24/2010, 12:57 p.m.

Louis "Skip" Perkins. Courtesy Photo.

Louis "Skip" Perkins Jr., athletics director at University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB), has been named Howard University's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics effective Jan. 1, 2011, University President Sidney A. Ribeau announced.

"At Howard, we are committed to building and bolstering our intercollegiate program to ensure that student-athletes succeed in the classroom and compete at the highest levels in their respective arenas," Ribeau said. "We sought a leader who is committed to academic and athletic excellence; we found that in Skip Perkins."

Perkins will assume responsibility for Howard's 19 varsity athletic programs, including Division 1 football and Division 1 basketball. Other sports programs include soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field for men and women; and four programs - bowling, lacrosse, volleyball and softball - in which only women participate.

"It's a truly humbling and exciting experience for me to have the opportunity to return to the Washington, D.C. area to lead Howard University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics," Perkins said. "I believe Howard's and President Ribeau's emphasis on academic and athletic excellence will serve as the foundation for returning Bison Athletics to national prominence. "

During Perkins' three-year tenure, Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Department of Athletics steadily improved. The UAPB athletic program won a total of five championships - highlighted by titles in women's cross country (2007 and 2009); men's cross country (2009); women's soccer (2009) and men's basketball (2010).

Under his leadership, the UAPB athletic facilities were significantly improved.